Sneak Peek: e*thirteen teases new TRSr and TRS+ tires

New rubber designed to take advantage of wider rims

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Here’s a cross section of the just finalized TRS race tire. Photo courtesy of e*thirteen

Here’s a cross section of the just finalized TRS race tire (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy of e*thirteen

While mountain bike hub and rim standards are evolving at a rapidly and sometimes disorienting pace, there are several recent improvements that have legitimate benefit. That includes the movement towards wider rims.

The advantage of a rim with a 25-30mm inner diameter over something with a more traditional 19-22mm measure is the dramatic increase in sidewall support. This increase in sidewall stability allows riders to significantly lower tire pressure, which leads to better traction.

There are a number of manufacturers producing wider rims, but tire technology is lagging behind. At least that’s the take of e*thirteen, which alleges that most brands are still creating tires designed around 23mm rims. And that’s why they have taken matters into their own hands.

The sidewalls are reinforced with an abrasion resistant material to help protect against punctures. Photo courtesy of e*thirteen

The sidewalls are reinforced with an abrasion resistant material to help protect against punctures (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy of e*thirteen

The company’s new TRSr and TRS+ tires are designed around wider rims such as their new 27mm carbon race wheels. The sidewalls and center tread of these prototypes have been strategically reinforced to offer better flat protection, and the casing has been designed to reduce burping. The center knobs have a slightly reduced height for faster rolling, while the side knobs are siped for improved traction.

To ease tubeless installation, both the e*thirteen rims and tires are built to ETRTO standards. When used together, the brand claims it’s almost always possible to get tires to seat using a floor pump.

What do you think of the new tread pattern? We can't wait to try them in a couple of fast corners. Photo courtesy of e*thirteen

What do you think of the new tread pattern? We can’t wait to try them in a couple of fast corners (click to enlarge). Photo courtesy of e*thirteen

The TRSr tire will be available in a sticky 3 compound DH rubber, with extra reinforcement through the center knobs to help prevent pinch flats, while the TRS+ will be a dual compound. Options will include 650b x 2.35 TRS Race, 650b x 2.35 TRS+, 29” x 2.35 TRS Race and 29” x 2.35 TRS+. e*thirteen is still wrapping up development and finalizing molds, says marketing man Todd Bishoff, but they’re hoping to launch the new tires in April 2016.

For more information visit bythehive.com/e-thirteen.

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  • Bret says:

    It’s a about freakin’ time! I know I know, the roadie mentality is hard to break.
    Thanks e*thirteen.

  • Kamalapati Khalsa says:

    extra reinforcement to help prevent “pinch flats” ????
    would anyone be using new wide rims and these tires with tubes ???
    I don’t think so

    I do like that tread pattern but wonder how heavy these tires will be

    .. and David, forget about new tech for 26, it’s not gonna happen
    just let it go dude

  • Peper says:

    I didn’t see the weights posted on these tires. I was hoping to see 2.6 or a 2.7 width and weights on these new offerings. They are correct to go with the ETRTO compliant designs. Nice looking tire I keep going back to Maxxis Ardent 2.4s because nothing so far has their low weight and bloat.

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